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house Bill H.R. 559

Giving Legal Long-Term Alien Residents a Path to Legal Resident Status in the Northern Mariana Islands

Argument in favor

Long-term legal residents of the Northern Mariana Islands who aren’t currently eligible for permanent resident status are currently required to renew their temporary worker visas on an annual basis. Giving them a path to permanent legal resident status would eliminate this unnecessary bureaucratic barrier to their continued employment in the CNMI.

burrkitty's Opinion
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04/08/2019
How about citizenship? - Also, J, Those are US territories. They cannot make their own immigration decisions just like states can’t. Seriously dude. Education.
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IllWill's Opinion
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04/08/2019
If they have been building their lives there for a long time, they don’t just deserve a pathway to legal resident status, they deserve a pathway to citizenship!
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John's Opinion
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04/08/2019
If these people have been legal resident aliens then they should be given a path to citizenship.
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Argument opposed

There’s already a specific visa, the CW-1 visa, for guest workers in the Northern Mariana Islands. While renewing the visa on a yearly basis might be annoying, it’s not an unreasonably high barrier for guest workers to stay in the CNMI. Just being in the CNMI for a long time isn’t a good reason for guest workers to become permanent residents in the Northern Mariana Islands.

Travis's Opinion
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06/02/2019
There are already steps in place for immigrants to become citizens.
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Roy's Opinion
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04/09/2019
Stop the land giveaways...the natives on the island do not want the nation of Philippine to take over their lanf!!!
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Curt's Opinion
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06/03/2019
No more invaders. Keep them out. We owe them nothing!
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bill Progress


  • EnactedJune 25th, 2019
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed on a voice vote
  • The house Passed on a voice vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedJanuary 15th, 2019